River of No Return (1954, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum)

Poster for the movie "River of No Return"
91 min - Action, Adventure, Drama, Western - 30 April 1954
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Otto Preminger's only western stars Robert Mitchum as Matt Calder, a farmer recently released from prison after serving a sentence for killing a man. He picks up his son Mark (Tommy Rettig) from saloon singer Kay (Marilyn Monroe), and father and son return to the farm. But later, he sees Kay and her fiancée Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun) in peril on a collapsing raft. He saves them but his thanks is to be slugged senseless and have his horse stolen as Weston races to stake a gold claim. Marooned in dangerous Indian territory, Matt, Mark and Kay's only chance is to take to the river and head for the nearest town. As they travel, Mark learns the truth about his father's crime while Kay falls for Matt, but all three know that they must still face Weston.

Preminger insisted that the actors perform their own stunts on the river and, on one occasion, Monroe almost drowned when her boots filled up with water. On another, the two main stars had to be rescued when the raft almost overturned after it jammed against a rock.


Director:  Otto Preminger
Producer:  Stanley Rubin
Composer:  Cyril J. Mockridge
Director of Photography:  Joseph LaShelle

Production Details

Production Companies:  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Release Date:  30 April 1954

Running Time:  1 h 31 min

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western

Language:  English

Tagline: Reckless, Roaring, Adventure of the Great Northwest Gold Rush Days!

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